Because the Philadelphia Phillies do their spring training in Clearwater. Fla., it has been the custom of the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce to sponsor an annual trip to Philadelphia to root for the home team.
This year, though, the Phillies are in last place in the National League's Eastern Division, trailing Pittsburgh by a score or more of games. And despite the chamber's willingness to foot expenses, only two city commissioners expressed interest in the trip, scheduled vaguely for some time in August.
Mayor H. Everett Hougen stepped in, urging city officials to sign up for the pilgrimage. "God knows the Phillies need all the help they can get," he observed.
But the mayor isn't going, either.
"I doubt the effectiveness of it," he said.
THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT
A New York City man who has a summer place in Connecticut took his city-bred tomcat with him when he went off recently for his vacation. He soon noticed a large horned owl hanging around, but aside from having a persistent feeling that someone was watching him he did not think much about it. Then one night he heard a screech, a yowl, the sounds of a brawl, and he thought, "Good Lord, the cat has caught the owl." Apprehensive about what his conservationist friends would have to say if he turned up with a mangled owl carcass, he ran outside to stop the bout. And there in the dim light he saw the owl spread its great wings and fly off, its talons clutching the now moribund cat.
Rice University recently conferred a Ph.D. in mathematics on Bob Etter, who previously had won the campus badminton tournament, played quarterback, receiver and defensive back on the championship touch-football team, played basketball, baseball, softball, tennis and championship bridge. Besides that, he taught calculus.
With this kind of background Etter is doing what any other sound-thinking Ph.D. would do. He has signed once more to kick field goals for the Atlanta Falcons.
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